Millions around the globe have made a sudden transition to remote work amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, this has some employers concerned about maintaining employee productivity. But what they really should be concerned about in this unprecedented situation is a longer-term risk: employee burnout.
The risk is substantial. The lines between work and non-work are blurring in new and unusual ways, and many employees who are working remotely for the first time are likely to struggle to preserve healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives. To signal their loyalty, devotion, and productivity, they may feel they have to work all the time.
Lots of research suggests that drawing lines between professional and personal lives is crucial, especially for mental health. So how can employees continue to compartmentalize their work and non-work lives, given the extraordinary situation that so many of us are in today?
Based on research and wider academic literature, here are some recommendations
From Harvard Business Review
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